I was watching one of those news pieces last week and the cynical side of me reared its ugly head. I wondered if that person was generous now, even though they’re not a billionaire. I asked myself, “If a person is not generous with what they have, why would they expect themselves to be generous with what they might have?”
I think we’re all like that. I am. We think that if we had a lot more, then we would be generous. If we had enough money to really make a difference, we would certainly be humane enough to make the world a better place. And that’s a good sentiment. What good human being wouldn’t want to use that money for the common good?
As good as that sounds, that thinking may be dangerous. We must resist the belief that my generosity is only meaningful if it’s big. Jesus would beg to differ:
- He compared God’s kingdom to a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds.
- He praised a widow woman who gave only pennies to the temple treasury even as others were giving much more.
- Jesus commended those who only had a cup of cold water to give away, but did it in His name.
- Jesus once received a donation from a boy who had only five loaves of bread and two fish. That little gift that even the disciples doubted could make a difference was enough to feed 5,000.
The world doesn’t need more lottery winners. The world does need more people who are generous with what they have, even if it is little. So, don’t wait for the mega-millions, powerball, or sweepstakes to be a generous person. You can be generous - you need to be generous – with whatever you have. All of us need to give like we’ve won the lottery!
The one who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much. (Luke 16:10)